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The field of embodied cognition
aims to do just that. The theory these
philosophers and scientists work from
is that the mind and body are
inextricably linked. The structure of
our body heavily influences our
Hearing this, I’m reminded of the
message my high school biology
teacher drilled into our heads almost
every lesson: Structure is related to
function. If someone wants to
understand how the brain works, then
it is crucial to look at how it is
designed. Scientists that study
embodied cognition stress that the
brain alone is not responsible for our
behavior. The brain is just one portion
of a greater system, including the
nervous system and the environment
that produces opportunities to behave
a certain way.
So, how does this play into many
scientist’s desire to create a walking,
talking, intelligent humanoid robot?
Biorobotics — an interdisciplinary
field that aims to mimic biology when
creating robots — relies on the theory
of embodied cognition as a solution
to the real world problems that come
with an artificial machine trying to
operate in a very human world.
Boston Dynamic's BigDog
is one of the all-terrain
robots that take their cue
from our anatomy.
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